What’s The Difference Between Indoor & Outdoor Fans?

What’s The Difference Between Indoor & Outdoor Fans?

Want to install ceiling fans in your Firestone, CO home? Ceiling fans are a cost-effective way of cooling both your indoor and outdoor space. However, choosing the right type of fan is necessary if you want to achieve optimal cooling. 

Depending on where you want to install fans, you must consider factors like wiring, materials, and the fan’s rating. At Leading Edge Electric, we specialize in ceiling fan installation. Click here to learn more about our services.

And today, we will talk about the difference between indoor and outdoor fans. 

It’s All About The Rating

Both indoor and outdoor fans differ in many noticeable ways. The blades, the mechanical features, and the ratings mentioned above determine whether a fan is suitable for a room or a patio.

Between indoor and outdoor fans, you can choose between three ratings: dry, damp, and wet. The rating of the fan depends on the material used. For instance, a wet-rated fan is waterproof to protect the components against rainfall and other harsh weather conditions. 

Generally, fans with a ‘dry’ rating are to be installed indoors; damp-rated fans are better suited outdoors, whereas wet-rated fans can be used anywhere, even in extreme weather conditions.

Let us now breakdown the rating system:

Indoor Fans (Dry)

Dry-rated ceiling fans can be installed anywhere in your Firestone, CO home, where there is no moisture. This includes bedrooms, basements, kitchens, dining rooms, etc. However, you shouldn’t install dry-rated fans in bathrooms due to the possibility of moisture building up. 

Since dry-rated fans are installed indoors, they come in a variety of designs, hues, and features. Indoor ceiling fans also offer a wide range of choices when it comes to materials, such as wood, metal, plastic, and fiberboard. 

Do remember, though, ceiling fans require regular cleaning as they are prone to catching dust, leading to allergies.

Outdoor Fans (Damp, Wet)

If you want to install a fan outdoors, you can choose between damp and wet-rated ceiling fans. 

Damp-rated fans work great in both indoor and outdoor areas where moisture builds up. This means they are suitable for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and covered outdoor areas. Plus, they are also designed to withstand humidity, even in rooms with poor ventilation. 

That said, fans with a damp rating cannot withstand snow or heavy rains. That’s why for open spaces, you should go for wet-rated ceiling fans. These fans are highly durable as they are designed to withstand weather elements. 

Wet-rated ceiling fans are ideal for verandas, cabanas, outdoor bars, exposed decks, porches, etc.

Can You Install Indoor Fans Outdoors (and vice versa)?

Installing dry-rated fans outdoors can be a costly mistake. The heat can melt, warp, or disfigure the blades, while water may cause the fan to rust or break down. In extreme cases, water can cause a short circuit in the fan and cause a fire. However, you can always install damp or wet-rated fans indoors. 

Hopefully, by now, you will be able to tell an indoor fan from an outdoor one. Once you decide on the suitable fans for different areas of your home, click here to have our experts at Leading Edge Electric perform a safe and seamless installation.